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Evergreen Adds Higher Capacity External HotDrives, & `Lite' Versions of Interface Cards, to IEEE 1394 fireLINE Family FireLINE HotDrives Provide High Speed Portable Data Storage For PC and Mac Users; Lite Versions of fireLINE Interface Cards Offer Basic FireWire Peripheral Connectivity On a Budget CORVALLIS, Ore.--Aug. 28, 2000--Evergreen Technologies, Inc., a leader in PC performance upgrades since 1989, today added five new products to its fireLINE(TM) product family. (Evergreen's fireLINE products are developed using the new IEEE 1394 (or FireWire(TM)) high-speed data communication standard.) Evergreen has been shipping its 20 GB external HotDrive since February 2000, and now the company also offers higher capacity 75, 60, 40 and 30 GB HotDrives. Evergreen's fireLINE HotDrives vastly increase data storage space and data transmission speed between the external drive and the PC, and the user can simply plug the drive into any available IEEE 1394 port without ever having to turn off the host system's power. Evergreen has also added `lite' versions of its IEEE 1394 fireLINE interface cards to provide basic IEEE 1394 peripheral connectivity on a budget for users with existing desktop and portable PCs and Macs which do not have an IEEE 1394 connection. The lite versions of the fireLINE PCI card (for desktops), fireLINE CardBus/PCMCIA card (for portables) and fireLINE IEEE 1394/USB PCI Combo Card (providing desktops with both FireWire and USB connectivity) will be a smart choice for customers who do not need a FireWire cable or who do not need the Ulead Video Studio digital video editing software provided with the regular versions. Pricing for Evergreen's fireLINE Family Members: Evergreen sells its fireLINE products directly from Presently, the fireLINE HotDrives go for $799.99 (75 GB), $499.99 (60 GB), $399.99 (40 GB), and $349.99 (30 GB). Evergreen's fireLINE CDRW drive sells for $349.99, and Mac users will need a separate Evergreen Mac Accessory Kit which sells for $49.99. Switching to the connector cards, the fireLINE PCI card sells for $59.99, while its lite version sells for $49.99. The fireLINE CardBus/PCMCIA card sells for $84.99, while its lite version sells for $69.99. Lastly, the fireLINE IEEE 1394/USB PCI ComboCard sells for $99.99, while its lite version sells for $89.99. The fireLINE PCMCIA interface card does not provide power to external devices, so laptop customers will need to purchase a separate US Power Adapter ($19.95), if they don't already have one, in order to connect and run any IEEE 1394 peripherals. This would include Evergreen's fireLINE HotDrives or fireLINE CDRW drive. Also, due to the iMac's small power supply, users purchasing the fireLINE HotDrive who do not have a separate US Power Adapter will need to purchase one. Specifications for Evergreen's fireLINE Family Members: All Evergreen's fireLINE products are designed for use in both a PC or Mac environment, and all come with an illustrated installation guide and a one-year warranty. Built-in operating system support for IEEE 1394 peripherals is provided in Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows 2000, the upcoming Windows Millennium, and Mac OS 8.6 or higher for iMacDV as well as PowerMacs with existing 1394 ports. Support is not built into Windows 98 or Windows NT. "Plug-n-play" and "hot swapping" (features of IEEE 1394 technology) enable all Evergreen fireLINE peripherals (HotDrives & CDRW drive) to connect with up to 63 different IEEE 1394 devices simultaneously. Interface cards: Evergreen's fireLINE PCI card enables users to connect desktops (which don't have the IEEE 1394 port) to IEEE 1394 peripherals, while Evergreen's fireLINE CardBus/PCMCIA card does the same for portables. Evergreen's IEEE 1394/USB PCI ComboCard gives desktops the ability to connect to peripherals using either the 1394 or the USB interface. All regular versions of these cards ship with one 1394 6-to-6 pin digital cable, one 6-to-4 pin video adapter cable and Ulead Video Studio SE on CD which allows customers to edit digital video images, adding titles, sound effects, voice overs and music. The PCI card and PCI ComboCard are both equipped with three external and one internal IEEE 1394 connectors, while the PCI ComboCard also comes equipped with two external USB ports. Both require a standard available 32-Bit PCI slot for installation. The CardBus/PCMCIA card has two external IEEE 1394 connectors, and requires a CardBus compliant, 32-Bit, type 2 PCMCIA slot for installation. New `lite' versions of each card ship without the 6-to-6 and 6-to-4 pin FireWire cables and without the Ulead video editing software. This is a good choice for customers who either already have a video editing package, or who aren't using their IEEE 1394 connection for the purpose of connecting DV cameras to their PCs to edit videos. HotDrives: Compact in size (2.35 lbs, L 8.75", W 5.5", H 1.5"), the fireLINE external HotDrives (75, 60, 40, 30 and 20 GB) are ideal for backing up and transferring dense amounts of data between systems very quickly. The HotDrives are also an excellent vehicle to transport large files between the PC and Mac environments. They come with one external DC +12V input power jack for additional daisy chained devices, and drive management software. CDRW drive: The fireLINE CDRW drive is portable, external, compact (L 10", W 6", H 2"), offers a 6x burn speed (6x4x32), and comes with a 6-to-6 pin IEEE 1394 interface cable. It allows users to produce their own multimedia CDs in minutes, using the drive's write, read, erase and rewrite capabilities. To facilitate CD production, Evergreen includes Adaptec's popular EZ CD Creator software, and one piece of blank CDR and one piece of blank CDRW media. Additionally, Mac users will need to purchase Evergreen's Mac Accessory kit that provides Charismac Discribe 3.06 software, necessary Mac drivers and a power supply. For both PC and Mac users, installation of the drive requires an available industry standard IEEE 1394 connection. For more info, check, call 800/733-0934 or send email to About Evergreen Technologies, Inc. Evergreen Technologies, Inc., based in Corvallis, Oregon, designs, manufactures, distributes and supports performance and system upgrades for the personal computer marketplace. Since 1989, Evergreen has pioneered a range of solutions that "refresh" older systems to current system performance and functionality. Evergreen Technologies and fireLINE are trademarks of Evergreen Technologies, Inc. FireWire is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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